1 Peter 4:1 - 4:19- Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
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41Christ suffered while he was in his body. So you should strengthen yourselves
with the same kind of thinking Christ had. The person who has suffered in his body
is finished with sin. 2[Strengthen yourselves] so that you will live your lives
here on earth doing what God wants, not doing the evil things that people want.
3In the past you wasted too much time doing the things that the non-believers like
to do. You were doing sexual sins. You were doing the [evil] things you wanted.
You were becoming drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, having drunken parties,
and doing wrong by worshiping idols (false gods). 4Those non-believers think that
it is strange that you don't do the many wild and wasteful things that they do.
And so they say bad things about you. 5But those people will have to explain about
the things they have done. They will have to explain to the One (Christ) who is
ready to judge the people who are living and the people who have died. 6The Good
News* was told to those people who are now dead, because those people will be judged
like all people are judged. They will be judged for the things they did while they
were living. But the Good News was told to them so that they could live in the spirit
like God lives.
Be Good Managers of God's Gifts
7The time is near when all things will end. So keep your minds clear, and control
yourselves. This will help you to pray. 8Most important, love each other deeply.
Love hides many, many sins. 9Share your homes with each other without complaining.
10Each of you received a spiritual gift [from God]. God has shown you his grace
(kindness) in many different ways. And you are like servants who are responsible
for using God's gifts. So be good servants and use your gifts to serve each other.
11The person who speaks should speak words from God. The person who serves should
serve with the strength that God gives. You should do these things so that in everything
God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever
and ever. Amen.
Suffering as a Christian
12My friends, don't be surprised at the painful things that you are now suffering.
Those things are testing your faith. Don't think that something strange is happening
to you. 13But you should be happy that you are sharing in Christ's sufferings. You
will be happy and full of joy when Christ shows his glory. 14When people say bad
things to you because you follow Christ, then you are blessed (happy). You are
blessed because the Spirit* of glory is with you. That is the Spirit of God. 15Don't
be like a criminal or a person who kills, steals, or bothers other people. A person
will suffer for doing those things. None of you should ever suffer like that. 16But
if you suffer because you are a Christian, then don't be ashamed. You should praise
(thank) God for that name (Christian). 17It is time for judging to begin. That judging
will begin with God's family. If that judgment begins with us, then what will happen
to those people who don't accept the Good News* of God? 18"It is very hard for a
good person to be saved. So surely the person who is against God and is full of
sin will be lost!" (Proverbs 11:31) (Greek version) 19So those people who suffer
like God wants them to should trust their lives to him. God is the One who made
them, and they can trust him. So they should continue to do good.
Footnotes: GoodNews The news that God was making a way for people to have their
sins forgiven and live with him forever. Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit
of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he
does God's work among people in the world. Good News The news that God has made
a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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